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Author Topic: db9 serial connector/usb port  (Read 498 times)
NK8A
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« on: February 10, 2007, 02:32:11 PM »

hello ,I have been trying to connect my radio to my computer so I can communicate with my 570dg. the radio has a db9 serial (male) connector and my newer computer has only usb ports on it. I bought an adapter that has a usb connector on one end and a db9 on the other end and I hooked it up. I have had no luck so far. I did try hooking the db9 cable by itself to my old lap top that has a 9 pin serial connector on it  and the kenwood software worked to control the 570. I would like to use ham radio deluxe if possible. I just wonder, is a usb port equal to a db9 serial port? any suggestions or help will be apprieciated...thanks ..Dave
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WK0F
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2007, 02:57:21 PM »

Hi,
Did the computer recognize the new device (usb to serial cable)?  Are there drivers you need to install in order for it to work?  You may want to go to device manager and see it it recognizes it as a serial port under ports.
GL es let us know what you find so we can help troubleshoot your problem.
Terry, WK0F
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K4IA
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2007, 05:38:40 AM »

The USB cable driver software allows you to create what is called a "virtual serial port."  You have to set that up and then make sure the logging program and radio are set to that port.  The setup is usually part of the USB drivers that are installed from the CD that came with the cable.  You may show a program in your Program list.  

Just plugging in the cable is not enough.  Your computer may recognize a new device and show it in the Device Manager but until you create (and choose) the proper virtual port, the radio and computer can't talk.
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